Cubs Set Opening Day Roster, Purchase Contracts of Lillibridge and Takahashi

The Cubs announced the 2013 Opening Day roster prior to Sunday’s deadline. As expected, the Cubs purchased the contracts of Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi from Triple-A Iowa and added both players to the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man, Scott Baker was placed on the 60-day DL.

With the additions of Lillibridge and Takahashi, the Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40-players.

As expected both Matt Garza and Ian Stewart were placed on the 15-day DL and Brett Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. J.C. Boscan was re-assigned to minor league camp and should open the season as Iowa’s everyday catcher.

Steve Clevenger also made the Cubs’ 25-man roster out of camp. Clevenger will be on the only back-up infielder on Dale Sveum’s bench during Monday’s opener in Pittsburgh.

The Cubs are expected to place Darwin Barney on the 15-day DL prior to Monday’s opener. Alberto Gonzalez is with the team in Pittsburgh and could be added to the roster. The Cubs would have to open another spot on the 40-man roster in order to add Gonzalez to the active roster.

Cubs 2013 Opening Day Roster

Starting Rotation

  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Travis Wood
  • Scott Feldman
  • Carlos Villanueva

Bullpen

  • Carlos Marmol
  • Kyuji Fujikawa
  • Shawn Camp
  • James Russell
  • Michael Bowden
  • Hector Rondon
  • Hisanori Takahashi

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Dioner Navarro
  • Steve Clevenger

Infielders

  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Darwin Barney
  • Starlin Castro
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Brent Lillibridge

Outfielders

  • Alfonso Soriano
  • David DeJesus
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Scott Hairston
  • Dave Sappelt

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